Friday, September 17, 2010

911 prankster spent birthday in jail
after false call about murder

Robert M. Brooks of Eustis, Florida  spent his 22nd birthday behind bars after he was arrested for an alleged prank call, saying he had killed his wife and that he was going to kill his baby.

Officers took the call seriously, sending more than 30 officers, a helicopter and SWAT team before learning it was a prank call.

"The communications officer heard gunshots in the background," said Eustis police Chief Fred Cobb. Police said Brooks made the call that sent them to his neighbor's house.

Eustis police arrested Brooks on a felony charge of false report to law enforcement. Bond was set at $2,000. Police say Brooks is also accused of pulling similiar pranks over the summer at random addresses in Seminole County. "We absolutely take this seriously," Cobb said. (Info from

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